PHI309 Post Darwinian Theories and Marx Notion of Alienation Paper

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Choose One of the two folwing subjects and write two pages about it.

1) Develop and then critically evaluate Marx’ notion of “alienation.” First, trace the concept through several

of the passages addressing the subject –focus primarily on passages in

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Secondly, develop your

understanding of these passages into a cohesive picture of what you think Marx meant by alienation. Finally,

critically respond to one or more of the kinds of alienation Marx presented. Do you see any of these forms of

alienation today? If so, give some examples. Provide textual citations to support your remarks.



2) Choose any one of the Post-Darwinian Theories that interests you. Present and explain the background

claims, diagnostic, and prescriptive claims of the theory, and then critique one or more aspects of the theory.

Provide textual citations to support your remarks.

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Running head: KARL MARX’S THEORY OF ALIENATION

Karl Marx’s Theory of Alienation
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KARL MARX’S THEORY OF ALIENATION

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Karl Marx’s Theory of Alienation
Alienation is a concept developed by Karl Marx in the year 1844 and was later used in
his critique of capitalism. According to Karl Marx idea of alienation, human beings are estranged
from their human nature or essence because of the establishment of stratified social classes.
Alienation in the general sense can be defined as ones loss of control of one’s basic sense as a
human being and the individual is separated from their elemental self and human attributes. The
kind of alienation Karl Marx was talking about is brought about by the conditions of production
found in the capitalism. This conditions form a climate compels the workers to work and market
their labor as a commodity to the capitalist inorder to in return be rewarded with subsistence and...


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